On Monday, 10 December, Canada joined a host of other United Nations members, above 160, in adopting a new agreement on international migration.
The non-binding UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration features 23 objectives about the improvement of international cooperation in relation to all forms of migration, ranging from skilled workers to refugees.
The objectives addressed the need to attend to factors making migrants leave their countries of origin as well as call for improvement in availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration. Some other goals include emphasizing the need to invest in the development of skills as well as facilitation of recognition of skills and competencies..
The document tagged migration as a source of prosperity, innovation, and sustainable development; hence it aims to optimize the benefits of migration.
Canada Joins Many Other UN Members
The Canadian government revealed that the pact represents the first multilateral structure for an inevitable global response to the subject matter of migration. It also said that this is coming at a time when about 258 million people are on the move globally. This number represents almost a 50 percent increase in comparison to 2000s.
68.5 million of these people are people fleeing discriminations, violence and war.
Ahmed Hussen, the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, said the new agreement enrich the international community with useful guidelines on migration. He said it helps countries to ensure inclusive and stronger societies by enhancing migrants to contribute more positively to their host countries.
Hussen equally mentioned that it is a nonbinding agreement suggesting international best practices and does not take away a country’s sovereignty over its migration matters. The US government rejected the pact on the basis that it can compromise a country’s sovereignty on immigration matters.
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